Orlando Wedding Photographer ~ Floral Friday

This Floral Friday we decided to showcase “Orchids at the Alter” from the wedding of Ann and Andrew!  The simple beauty of the orchids, plus a unique idea with the candles, gives this display a classy, elegant look that is not only creative, but visually delightful.  First, the amazingly talented team at Czes Heard Designs created this look by flipping over different sized vases to give dimension and interest.  Then they added the perfectly timed blooming orchids to give the flowing display a polished look.

Floral design for this wedding were provided by the talented ladies at Czes Heard Designs in Orlando, FL.  You can check out their entire website HERE, or you can go to and like their Facebook page HERE, to see more of their incredible work!

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Orlando Wedding Photographer ~ Anne & Kyle

It was such a pleasure photographing the wedding of Anne and Kyle.  Between their easy going, calm nature, to their their obvious deep love for one another, these two made for a picture perfect day!  A beautiful, intimate and joyous ceremony was performed at College Park Presbyterian Church, where family and friends gathered to see these come together and say their vows.  Seeing Kyle tear up as Anne walked down the isle with her father was not only emotional, but also heartwarming as you could feel the love this groom was exuding to his soon to be bride.  An intimate reception was held at the Tap Room at Dubsdread where delicious food and drinks were prepared by an incredible staff.  We walked the historic grounds of Dubsdread and captured some intimate and affectionate images of these two that really reflect the mood and feelings of the day.  A huge thank you to both families and especially to Anne and Kyle for bringing us on to capture their wedding day!  We wish you both the best in all your years to come!

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Vendor Credits:

Wedding Ceremony Venue: College Park Presbyterian Church

Reception Venue: The Tap Room at Dubsdread

 

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Destination Wedding Photography ~ Floral Friday

For this week’s Floral Friday, I wanted to showcase unique ideas that we came across while photographing Jennifer and Chris’s wedding in Maine.  They are some of the most sentimental and heart felt details we have come across.  We have seen and highlighted bridal bouquets that incorporate charms and pictures into them, but never have come across a groom’s boutineer that included a mini picture frame to complete its look.  A simple sunflower, some additional greenery, and this picture of Chris’s Mom who had passed away prior to the wedding, gives this floral display something even more special than the norm.  Love, memories, and the presence of someone special near and dear to this groom’s heart.  Additional remembrance was given to Chris’s Mom by placing a separate bouquet of flowers in the spot where she would have sat during the ceremony.  These two simple details made a huge impact on us during this wedding and we feel are very deserving of highlighting on this Floral Friday!

The boutineer and bouquet, as well as all floral arrangements and coordination for the day, were handled by Amber Small of Sweetest Thing Weddings in Portland, Maine.  You can visit here website HERE, or you check out her Facebook page HERE.

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Orlando Wedding Photography ~ Floral Friday

This week for Floral Friday I wanted to showcase a great idea and beautiful display of floral decor that surfaced at Ashley and Ray’s wedding.  The incredible team at Lee Forrest Design, LLC. put together these bright and playful floral arrangements that were first displayed as hanging outdoor ceremony isle runners, then doubled as classy, timeless table displays throughout the reception rooms later in the evening.  Simply moving these from ceremony to reception during the cocktail hour made a great dual use of these displays for this wedding.

Floral design for this entire wedding provided by Lee Forrest of Lee Forrest Design, LLC. in Orlando, Florida.  You can check out his entire website HERE or you can go to and Like his Facebook Page HERE.

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Destination Wedding Photographer ~ Allison & Chris

We always enjoy being hired by and working with families we are familiar with.  Allison and Chris was the third wedding we have shot for this particular family, and having the opportunity to spend time with all the familiar faces and smiles was an absolute treat.

A few months prior to the wedding, Allison & Chris had a colorful engagement session throughout Winter Park, Florida prior to us traveling down to West Palm Beach for their wedding.  We strolled down Park Avenue, spent some time at Kraft Azalia Park, and then finished with a stunning sunset over Lake Ivanhoe!  These two have a great history and their connection and commitment to each other is undeniable.

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Traveling down to the Hilton at Singer Island in WestPalm Beach was a great little getaway for everybody who came down and was a part of the wedding.  Allison and all of her bridesmaids looked fabulous in their dresses from Demetrios Bride, and Chris and his guys were relaxed and in good spirits leading up to a beautiful beach wedding.  An emotional and thoughtful ceremony was executed perfectly, followed by a fun filled evening of laughs, tears, and a lot of dancing!  A touching speech by the father of the bride had everybody in the room, including Cristy and I, in tears.  Having been around these families we knew how special this wedding was to everybody, but being a part of something as close and personal always reminds us of why we are doing what we are doing… preserving the memories with images that can bring back those powerful emotions and feelings with a single glance!  We want to wish both Allison and Chris good luck with their new opportunities in Ohio, and thank you for letting us into such a special time in your lives!

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If you would like to view more images from Allison and Chris’s destination wedding on our Facebook Page, please use the link HERE.

Thank you to all the wedding vendors that helped make this day special for Allison and Chris!

 

Ceremony & Reception Venue:  Hilton Singer Island 

Wedding & Bridesmaid Dresses Designer & Store:  Demetrios

Hair & Makeup:  Team Beauti

Caterer:  Hilton Singer Island 

Cake(s):  Mary Lou Cakes

Flowers/Floral: Simply Flowers

DJ/Band/Entertainment:  Kenny Mondo Productions

 

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Orlando Wedding Photography ~ Floral Friday

Check back every Friday for a beautiful display of floral decor!

Starting the series off, I could think of no better display of floral beauty than the bridal bouquet from KC & Cameron’s wedding! Combining vibrant, vivid colors, with the variety of perfectly picked and blooming flowers, then adding the broaches, jewelry and image of the couple from their engagement session to the piece, made for a stunning, classy, and one of a kind bouquet!

Floral design and bouquet provided by Lana Faulkner of Fairbanks Florist in Winter Park, FL.  You can check out her website HERE or go to and Like her Facebook page HERE .

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Orlando Wedding Photographer ~ Luck of the Irish

When family, a good number of the guests, and the wedding officiant make the trip across the pond from Ireland, you know it is going to be an interesting and lively wedding!  Add to that a gorgeous bride, a dashing groom, beautiful settings, incredible wedding vendors, and what do you get?  The festive and spirited wedding of Aisling and Justin!  We knew from our conversations during their engagement session that this night would be one to remember, and these two made sure of it.  A traditional ceremony was held at Knowles Memorial Chapel in Winter Park, Florida, followed by an energetic, fun-filled reception at Winter Park Racquet Club.  Between these two fabulous venues, smiles, laughter and loud, joyous celebrations filled the rooms!  Stunning floral and decor designs provided by Lee Forrest Designand delectable cakes were crafted brought in by The Sugar Suite.  We have seen many different golf themed groom’s cakes over the years, but never had we seen a full on golf ball like the one designed for Justin!  Then there was the band, Diggin’ in Dreamland Entertainment.  This crew and ensemble brought it, as was evident by all the, sweaty, danced out guests that wanted more, even after the last song was announced!  Also, a huge thank you to Brittany Sobering of Tickled Pink Brides for all you did coordinating and getting through this wedding.  Having a quality, attentive co-ordinator  is invaluable, and helps us to do our jobs that much better.  Best of luck and all the happiness in the world goes out to Aisling and Justin, and we are thankful that we were commissioned to photograph your wedding day.  We look forward to working with your families in the future!

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Vendor Credits:

Ceremony Location – Knowles Memorial Chapel, Rollins College, Winter Park, FL

Reception Location & Caterer – Winter Park Racquet Club, Winter Park, FL

Wedding Coordinator – Tickled Pink Brides, Orlando, FL

Floral Arrangements & Decor – Lee Forrest Design, Orlando, FL

Wedding & Groom’s Cake – The Sugar Suite, Maitland, FL

Band/Entertainment - Diggin’ in Dreamland Entertainment, Jacksonville, FL

 

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Orlando Wedding Photographer ~ Style & Class

It was such a pleasure to be a part of Lytle & Brian’s wedding here in Winter Park, Florida! From our first meeting in our train car studio and gallery, to their simply stunning engagement session, these two did nothing but smile, laugh and have a great time with each other. Cristy and I both knew that photographing this wedding was not only going to be fun, but also be full of style and class. From Lytle’s Mikaella Bridal dress from The Collection Bridal in Winter Park, to Brian’s black tux, cuff links and bow tie, these two looked perfectly beautiful together. The color coordination of lime green and navy blue were found throughout the details of the wedding and  as always, Lee James of Lee James Floral Designs did a fabulous job in creating stunning floral displays and decor for the event. An intimate ceremony was held at All Saints Episcopal Church and the reception followed at the Winter Park Racquet Club. A classy four tier wedding cake was provided by Jennyfer Mancino at The Sugar Suite and a spectacular menu of foods and refreshments were overseen by Alexis at the Winter Park Racquet Club. Coordination of this spectacular event was done by none other than Tracy Marini of Eventfully Yours, whom we love to work along side with. All in all, a great team of vendors that helped provide an exceptional day for the bride and groom!

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If you would like to view all the images from Lytle & Brian’s Wedding Day Favorites, please click the link HERE and browse through the entire album on our Facebook Page!

A huge thank you to Lytle and Brian for including us on your wedding team. We thoroughly enjoyed every minute working with the two of you and continue to enjoy our online interactions. Hopefully one day the two of you will be back in Central Florida and we can get together for some more laughs and good times!

Vendor Credits:

Wedding Coordinator: Tracy Marini of Eventfully Yours, Orlando, FL
Wedding Dress Designer & Store: Mikaella Bridal, from The Collection, Winter Park, FL
Bridesmaid Dresses Designer & Store: Maggy London Strapless Twist Faux Wrap Dress, from Macy’s
Hair & Makeup: Gregg Lennon (Hair) and Lindsey Cascaddan (Makeup) at Salon Sanfilippo, Orlando, FL
Wedding Programs and Invitations: Ellen Prague at The Paper Shop, Winter Park, FL
Caterer: The Winter Park Racquet Club, Winter Park, FL 
Cake(s): Jennyfer Mancino at The Sugar Suite, Maitland, FL
Flowers/Floral: Lee James of Lee James Floral Design, Orlando, FL
Church/Ceremony Venue: All Saints Episcopal Church, Winter Park, FL
Reception Venue: The Winter Park Racquet Club, Winter Park, FL
Lighting/Decor: Lee James of Lee James Floral Design, Orlando, FL
DJ/Band/Entertainment: Wings of Sound, Winter Park, FL
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Orlando Event Photography ~ Runway To Hope…….Smiles, smiles and more smiles!

As I sit back and think about the 2013 Runway To Hope Spring Fashion Soiree, one of the biggest things that comes to mind are SMILES! Not just any smile, but smiles so big, so true, so real, that you just know that the one smiling is so into that moment that everything else going on is obsolete and nothing else matters!

Just over a week ago approximately 90 brave boys and girls ages 2 to 18 gathered and prepared at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Florida for a special night of glitz, glam and runway fun!  One thing each of these children have in common and could relate to each other about was their battles with pediatric cancer.  Some were survivors in remission with stories and experiences to share, some were recently diagnosed and battling through surgeries and chemo treatments, literally that week, that day!  Another thing these little superstars could relate to was this evening, an evening to forget all that cancer stuff and have fun, SMILE and be spoiled in ways most could only dream of.  The kids got the opportunity to strut their stuff on a spectacular runway with celebrities, philanthropists, local cancer surgeons, doctors and nurses, all in front of their families and approximately 1,700 other guests with the goal of raising money for an amazing organization that gives back so much to the community.  The mission statement on Runway to Hope’s website says, “Runway To Hope’s vision is to serve and provide direct support to the children and families in the Central Florida community who have been impacted by pediatric cancer. Assistance includes but is not limited to research, education, technology and family assistance. Runway To Hope aids these children and their families by partnering with Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, Florida Hospital for Children, corporations, local businesses and philanthropists to raise funds and awareness so that progress made locally will benefit all children with cancer, nationally and worldwide.

With that in mind, Runway to Hope hosts this event each year that includes a cocktail party with VIP/Celebrity meet and greets, a gourmet multi-course dinner, as well as live and silent auctions.  Of course the highlight of the evening is the fashion show, where the kids shine on the runway and get the opportunity to hang with local and national celebrities. This year, USA Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas and female actress in The Twilight Series/Saga Ashley Greene, were the celebrity hosts who did a fabulous job in the VIP room, backstage with all the kids, as well as on stage during the main event.  Many other national and local celebrities came out to walk the runway and support the cause as well. This included famous professional sports athletes and coaches, musicians, entertainers, local news anchors and reporters, politicians and public servants, as well as CEO’s and founders of many large local businesses, magazines and foundations. Another highlight during the cocktail party, Seaworld Orlando unveiled their newest attraction, Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin.

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Once the doors to the main room were open, all the guests were treated to a multi-course gourmet dinner while experiencing incredible video presentations by a good friend of ours and colleague, Schuyler Osborne of Perfect Sky Productions.  You can view Runway To Hope’s Mission Video HERE and this year’s Beauty/Boys Bash video HERE.  Live auctions were held that included “The Shaq Package”, lunch and an afternoon basketball game with Shaquille O’Neal (who also taped a ton of video clips along with other celebrities that you can see HERE), vacation packages to Cancun, Bali, Italy and Thailand, VIP tickets to Live with Kelly & Michael in NYC, and a crazy cool VIP package to this year’s 2013 Emmy Awards in Hollywood, California!  It was great to see so many people and organizations come together to make an event like this happen!  To watch and photograph all this going on you can only imagine all of the smiles and fun everybody had while coming together to raise money for pediatric cancer.

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Then came this year’s awards… First, Orlando Magic’s Jameer Nelson, through the DeVos Community Enrichment Award, presented Runway to Hope with a gracious donation of $25,000.00!  Next Runway to Hope presented two awards on stage.  The Corporate Hero Award, which was presented to Peggy Parish of SeaWorld Orlando and the Johnny Holloway’s Children’s Hope Award, which was awarded to US……the Nielsens, Cristy and I!!  This award was a total shock and surprise to both of us and we are so thankful to be recognized on such a grand scale.  This award is voted on by the Board of Directors of the charity and given to an individual/pair or company who represents the spirit of and dedication to Runway to Hope.  Not only did we get up on stage to accept this award, but our oldest daughter was in attendance and was able to come up with us and experience the honor and thrill of being in front of so many!  Cristy and I both work extremely hard for this charity and have put so much effort and time into it over the past 4 years.  Mostly though it is about the kids and as mentioned above, making them smile and forget what they are going through, even for just an evening!   We love seeing these kids grow throughout the years as many have returned to the runway for their third year now.  We also experience the heart break that comes with childhood cancer, and have been honored to be invited to services and memorials of the children that have lost their battle to this horrible disease.  Needless to say, this award was an honor and a humbling experience that both Cristy and I will always hold dear to our hearts.  We love everything that Runway To Hope is about, look forward to it year after year, and smile just looking at these images, thank you Runway To Hope.

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Yes it is true, Cristy and I were both wearing camera gear while accepting this award on stage as we were working the event along with our crew of 5 other fabulous photographers when this was given!  We’d like to especially thank our team of photographers who are each so talented. Margie Schulz, Mike and Ann Buoy, Chris Kocher, and our sweet daughter who did an amazing job and gave of their time and hearts for this cause.  We couldn’t have done this without them and are so proud of the work we all did together that night!!

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The night concluded with an incredible fashion show where each of the kids had the opportunity to walk the runway and do their thing.  For some walking up and back was enough, but for others this was their time to shine and man did they shine!  Who could forget Morgan WALKING the runway, or little Sarah just looking cute with her little arms curled, swaying in her tiara and grinning.  How about Marleigh stomping hard down the runway in her white boots and pom poms, or Nadia shooting glitter in the air as she posed at the end of the runway!  There was Austin looking cool and calm as ever, and my man Dalen putting on a show and “up-staging” Jameer Nelson!  Runway veteran Elijah was smiling from ear to ear and putting out his awesome energy, and little man Paul threw both arms up and took in all the applause when he took his turn at the end of the runway!  Gabriella charmed the audience with her smiles, and Miss Erin opened the show this year instead of ending it!   Markel was styling and did a little dance when given the opportunity, and once again, like last year, Ysa blew the roof off the house with her confidence and powerful presence on the runway!  I could go on, but I think checking out some of the images would be better!

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More SMILES and fun!

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And yes, more SMILES!

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Please view more images from the event on our Facebook Page HERE, or you can visit the Nielsens’s full Runway To Hope gallery to browse images from this and all events. Click the link HERE to access the photo gallery!  All proceeds from images purchased through the gallery directly benefit Runway To Hope.  Please keep checking back over the next week as more images from the 2013 Spring Fashion Soiree continue to be added!

Finally, I want to say a huge heartfelt thank you to the founders of Runway To Hope, Mark and Josie NeJame (and Miss Evie who gracefully walked the runway with them).

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Without this amazing couple, there would be no Runway To Hope.  Your vision, drive, and compassion have created a truly amazing charity that is touching the lives of so many.  Cristy and I have watched this charity grow and do unthinkable things.  But then again your vision from the beginning has been much bigger, and we have no doubt you will accomplish what you have set out to do!  Thank you for opening your hearts to so many and giving the ways that you do.  Thank you for thinking big and putting together such a broad, amazing collaboration of people that all share in such a powerful and common goal.  Thank you for showing us more ways to give and do within our community.  Thank you for SMILING, being real, and bringing joy and fun to all the kids and families of Runway To Hope.  Finally, thank you for entrusting us to photograph so many wonderful events with so many incredible people over the years.  Being a part of the Runway To Hope family has been life changing and a true blessing to our family!

 

 

 

Orlando Wedding Photography – It’s all in the details…

In launching our new series, “It’s all in the details…”, we will be displaying images and showcasing a fellow wedding vendor each week.  It really is the details that make a wedding creative, unique and inspiring.  Paying special attention to detail will allow your photographer an opportunity to showcase your wedding in a more customized way.  When it comes down to it, each wedding is personalized through the details. When planning your own wedding, what do you feel will make it unique?

Here, Raining Roses Productions, Inc. provided excellent floral detail to Sarah and Tim’s wedding. From the grand nine foot floral displays at the alter of the ceremony to the sunny and vibrant table displays at the reception, we were able to capture the beauty and playful color of these arrangements.  The “piece de resistance” was two massive floral arrangements that were used in the ceremony and also to showcase the couple’s cake. In addition, the table centerpieces and placeholders were tastefully arranged and never overpowered the event.

Raining Roses Productions, Inc. exceeded all expectations in providing a visually stunning display in a classy timeless way, and making it easy to start this series, “It’s all in the details….”!

Notice one of the floral guys carrying this massive display! This photo really gives you an idea of the size of these arrangements.